Tuesday, June 18, 2019

PCIe 6.0 to leverage 56G PAM-4 to hit 64 GT/s transfer rate

PCI Express (PCIe) 6.0 technology will double the data rate to 64 GT/s while maintaining backwards compatibility with previous generations. PCI-SIG, which is the consortium that owns and manages PCI specification, said PCIe 6.0 is on target for release in 2021.

PCIe 6.0 Specification Features

  • Delivers 64 GT/s raw bit rate and up to 256 GB/s via x16 configuration
  • Utilizes PAM-4 (Pulse Amplitude Modulation with 4 levels) encoding and leverages existing 56G PAM-4 in the industry
  • Includes low-latency Forward Error Correction (FEC) with additional mechanisms to improve bandwidth efficiency
  • Maintains backwards compatibility with all previous generations of PCIe technology

“PCI Express technology has established itself as a pervasive I/O technology by sustaining bandwidth improvements for five generations over two decades,” Dennis Martin, an analyst at Principled Technologies, said. “With the

“Continuing the trend we set with the PCIe 5.0 specification, the PCIe 6.0 specification is on a fast timeline,” Al Yanes, PCI-SIG Chairman and President, said. “Due to the continued commitment of our member companies, we are on pace to double the bandwidth yet again in a time frame that will meet industry demand for throughput.”

http://www.pcisig.com


IBM and Cisco develop their hybrid cloud partnership

Cisco and IBM are building on a joint hybrid cloud partnership to deliver a common developer experience across on-premise and cloud environments. The companies had previously committed to a joint Kubernetes experience across on-premise and cloud environments.

The goal is to allow developers to quickly build, test and deliver microservices applications across a hybrid cloud infrastructure. 

IBM Cloud Private will now be supported on Cisco HyperFlex and HyperFlex Edge hyperconverged infrastructure.

Cisco and IBM are also working together on a broader hybrid cloud architecture that will leverage expertise from both partners:

  • Cisco’s enterprise-class data center, networking, and analytics
  • IBM’s hybrid cloud solutions that include open source components such as containers, Kubernetes, Open Whisk, KNative, Istio, Cloud Foundry, and Prometheus, as well as an extensive catalog of IBM enterprise software and open source software, VMware services, virtual and bare metal servers.

https://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/cisco-and-ibm-cloud-announce-hybrid-cloud-partnership

Windstream acquires $27 million of 5G spectrum in FCC auctions

Windstream will pay a total of $26.6 million for blocks of 24 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum in 14 states covering more than 5 million total households, including approximately 2 million households in locations where Windstream is the incumbent local exchange carrier. The spectrum and associated electronics and equipment will be wholly owned by Windstream.

“Windstream will use this new 5G spectrum to expand the availability of high-speed broadband, enabling consumers and small and medium-sized businesses in rural areas to access broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second,” said Jeff Small, president of Windstream’s Kinetic business segment.

“Windstream is committed to bringing best-in-class Internet to rural communities, many in thinly populated areas, across our Kinetic footprint,” Small said. “We’re using a variety of methods to accomplish that goal, including software enhancements, fiber expansion, fixed wireless and now 5G wireless technology in our passionate pursuit to satisfy our customers’ growing demand for faster broadband speeds.”

Telefonica and Banco Santander develop private 5G service

Telefonica and Bank of Santander have deployed a 5G pilot network in Alcobendas, a neighborhood of Madrid, to provide 4K video conference between two bank branches. The network also provides low-latency storage in the edge computing infrastructure of Telefonica. Moreover, the project also enables virtual visiting to co-working spaces, such as the Santander Work Café of the Velazquez street in Madrid, by means of virtual reality.

The 5G network was provided by ZTE and includes the radio nodes, the core network and the user equipment. This network is based in the Standalone mode, thus creating an E2E standard compliant 5G architecture, without the need of LTE support. The 5G base stations connect to the 5G core network through the Telefonica transmission network.

"The initiative with Santander Spain is the result of the collaboration with our corporate customers to ensure that 5G technology is deployed in a way that fully meets their needs, prioritizing the development of the most demanded capacities,” said Emilio Gayo, CEO of Telef√≥nica Spain. “With initiatives like this, we also ensure the early adoption of 5G and the positive impact on the Spanish industrial network."

http://www.zte.com.cn\

IDC: IoT is expected to generate 79.4ZB of data in 2025

A new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that there will be 41.6 billion connected IoT devices, or "things," generating 79.4 zettabytes (ZB) of data in 2025.

IDC projects that the amount of data created by these connected IoT devices will see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28.7% over the 2018-2025 forecast period.

Some highlights of the recently published Worldwide Global DataSphere IoT Device and Data Forecast 2019-2023 report:

  • Most of the data is being generated by video surveillance applications, but other categories such as industrial and medical will increasingly generate more data over time.
  • The industrial and automotive category will see the fastest data growth rates over the forecast period with a CAGR of 60%. 
  • Drones, while still early in adoption today, show great potential to access remote or hard to reach locations and will also be a big driver of data creation using cameras.

Speed Up America seeks better data on rural broadband

Lane County in Oregon and the Technology Association of Oregon have teamed up to develop a tool called Speed Up America designed to provide on-the-ground truth about what speeds are really like across the country, particularly for rural Americans.

The tool provides comparative data on Internet speeds in Oregon and will soon be expanded to other states. The goal is to create a dynamic map allowing everyone in the US to compare their Internet experience including actual speed, advertised speed, price paid per month, and service satisfaction.

“We’re proud to support Lane County and the City of Eugene as part of our Smart Gigabit Communities program in their efforts to map broadband access and provide transparent and accurate data on network speeds,” said Scott Turnbull, director of technology for nonprofit US Ignite. “Communities have proven over-and-over again how broadband boosts economic growth and improves quality of life. However, without accurate maps, we can’t identify where speeds are lacking and where we could be making a difference for communities seeking to attract new businesses, support citizen services, and enable advanced applications like tele-health and remote education.”

Participating is simple: visit http://www.SpeedUpAmerica.com and click the “Take the Test” button.

GCI to deploy 5G in Anchorage with Ericsson

GCI, Alaska's largest telecommunications company, will deploy a 5G network in Anchorage (population 291,000), the state's largest city, in partnership with Ericsson.

GCI is deploying Ericsson's 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software to 82 macro cell sites across the Municipality of Anchorage from Girdwood to Eklutna, an area larger than the state of Rhode Island.

GCI's metro fiber network will provide backhaul services to these sites, which include both towers and building locations.  The project will be completed in 2020 with initial 5G service coming online in the first half of the year.

"We are committed to providing superior 5G wireless service to the residents of Anchorage just as we already provide the fastest internet service," said GCI CEO Ron Duncan. "We are bringing all our assets – fiber, spectrum, wireless footprint, Alaska expertise – to bear on that commitment."

GCI's metro fiber network and cable plant already offers 1 GIG cable modem service to 95% of Anchorage households. GCI controls more low/mid-band mobile radio spectrum than any other wireless provider in Anchorage. And it has more macro cell sites in Anchorage than any other Alaska wireless provider.

https://www.gci.com

Mellanox supplies 200G InfiniBand for Lenovo’s liquid cooled servers

Mellanox Technologies has begun shipping liquid cooled HDR 200G Multi-Host InfiniBand adapters for the Lenovo ThinkSystem SD650 server platform, which features Lenovo's "Neptune" liquid cooling technologies.

“Our collaboration with Lenovo delivers a scalable and highly energy efficient platform that delivers nearly 90% heat removal efficiency and can reduce data center energy costs by nearly 40%, and takes full advantage of the best-of-breed capabilities from Mellanox InfiniBand, including the Mellanox smart acceleration engines, RDMA, GPUDirect, Multi-Host and more,” said Gilad Shainer, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Mellanox Technologies.

Hazelcast raises $21.5 million for in-memory computing

Hazelcast, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, closed a $21.5 million funding round for its in-memory computing platform/

Hazelcast said launched its in-memory data grid (IMDG) product to directly address the inherent limitations of databases in use cases where microseconds count, including payment processing, microservices, fraud detection and many more. More recently, Hazelcast introduced two new products: Hazelcast Cloud, a managed service, and Hazelcast Jet, the industry’s fastest event stream processing engine. The company was founded in 2012.

The funding was led by new investor C5 Capital, a UK-based venture capital firm focused on cybersecurity, data analytics and cloud computing. Existing investors Bain Capital Ventures, Earlybird Venture Capital and Capital One Growth Ventures also participated in the round.

“From the cloud to the internet of things, the macro trends hitting today’s enterprises require a new approach to data processing for meeting the time-sensitive demands of data-centric applications,” said Kelly Herrell, CEO of Hazelcast. “Hazelcast enables its customers to establish a System of Now through its platform that scales linearly and delivers the industry’s fastest processing for stored and streaming data, leaving competitive offerings far behind as data sizes and processing loads grow.”

https://hazelcast.com

Equinix promotes Jon Lin to President, Americas

Equinix appointed Jon Lin, a 10-year Equinix veteran, as President, Americas. Lin will be responsible for the regional management, strategy and growth plan for Equinix in the Americas, including existing operations in Brazil, Canada, Colombia and the U.S.

Lin succeeds Karl Strohmeyer, who served as President, Americas since 2013 and was appointed Chief Customer and Revenue Officer earlier this year, overseeing the company's overall go-to-market strategy.

Lin has held various roles since joining Equinix in 2009, most recently as Vice President, Americas Regional Corporate Development. In this role, he led the Americas regional strategic planning and was a leader in the one of the company’s largest transactions: the $3.6 billion acquisition of 29 data centers from Verizon in 2017. Lin also managed the integration of the Verizon data center assets into Equinix, with a special focus on supporting the company’s federal strategy development. In 2018, he also played a leading role in the acquisition of Infomart Dallas.

http://www.Equinix.com

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